Local Democrats Announce Leadership Team

Here’s what is listed on the web site of the McHenry County Democratic Party: Local party leadership Chairman: Mike Bissett Vice-Chair: Kristina Zahorik Treasurer: Mary Mahady Secretary: Kathy Bergan Schmidt General Counsel: James Harrison Fundraising Chair: TBA Membership Recruitment Chair: … Continue reading

Democratic Party Tea Leaf?

Reading political tea leaves is something that lots of people do. This was passed on by a couple of McHenry County Board members. They noticed former two-term McHenry County Board member Paula Yensen in the audience at Friday’s meeting about … Continue reading

Democrats Slam County Clerk Mary McClellan’s Election Day Conduct

Earlier I ran the following information I picked up last Wednesday’s meeting of the McHenry County Democratic Party Central Committee: Democrats’ Take on Election Day McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett addresses Wednesday night’s Central Committee meeting about the … Continue reading

McClellan Offers Affirmative Defense

A press release from McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan: ePoll Book Vendor Glitch Leads to 90 Minutes Extra Voting Time; Record turnout generates communication concerns On March 15, 2016, McHenry County experienced a record voter turnout in a Primary with … Continue reading

Appointed Democratic Party Precinct Committeemen

A former McHenry County Democratic Party Chairwoman didn’t like the title “Committeeman” for political party representatives. I told her that was the title in state law and that if local Democrats didn’t like it, they controlled the House, the Senate … Continue reading

Dem Party Chairman Solicited Petition Passers for Harrison

The following email made it to my inbox. It is from Mike Bisset, the Democratic Party Chairman in McHenry County. The Democrats are running no one for countywide office, just as the Democrats ran no one against Dave McSweeney two … Continue reading

Democrats Elect Central Committee Officers

Couldn’t be two places at once last Wednesday night, so I asked the head of the McHenry County Democratic Central Committee if there were any changes in officers. There were a couple of them, which you can see below: Chair: … Continue reading

Paul Yensen Reflects on the 1960’s

“A short biography of Paula Yensen’s political activism, presented to the Democratic Party of McHenry County as part of The 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement” is what is under the YouTube video about McHenry County Board member Paula … Continue reading

Slim Pickings for Political Watchers at the McHenry County Fair

It’s an off year for politics. The major partisan elections are next year. Maybe that’s the reason. Jack Franks’ tent is near the entrance, but he wasn’t there so I didn’t take a photo.  (Later I was told he was … Continue reading

Correction: Woodstock’s Frank Wedig NOT Leaving Green Party, but Running for Dorr Township Trustee

When I asked who was running for what in Dorr Township, I failed to ask if all the Trustee candidates were running as Republicans. My mind was so fixated on the Republican primaries in the townships with over 15,000 population … Continue reading

Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett Comments on the Election

I asked McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett for his take on the election.  His reply is below: “I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the Democratic candidates who worked the hardest won. “I’m proud of Nick Chirikos and Paula … Continue reading

48 of 212 McHenry County Precincts Have No GOP Committeeman, 46 Democratic Party Committeemen

I haven’t looked at the state of McHenry County Republican Central Committee since Republican Play Day on July 17th. Inspired by Stephen Di Bendiedtto’s Sunday article in the Northwest Herald, I decided to take another look. In mid-July, there were … Continue reading

Politics in the Lake in the Hills Parade – Moved Up Because More Added

The first political entry was Undersheriff Andy Zinke driving a Sheriff’s Department vehicle. Note the sign with his name and title on the door. I say “political” because I never saw him in a parade before he announced he was … Continue reading

Lobbying on Abortion at the McHenry County Fair

As last year, the McHenry County Fair had representatives from the Pro-Choice and the Pro-Life side of the abortion issue. The Pro-Choicers, represented by the McHenry County Citizens for Choice, had their usual booth and the Pro-Lifers had three booths, … Continue reading

Democrats Re-Elect Mike Bissett as County Chairman

The McHenry County Democratic Party Central Committee held its meeting Wednesday night and re-elected all but one of its officers. Michael Bissett of Lake in the Hills will continue to be the Party Chair. Huntley’s Sam Melei will again be … Continue reading

McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Fasts to Help the Northern Illinois Food Bank

Here’s an article on the web site of the McHenry County Democratic Party. Re-printed with permission, it tells of Chairman Mike Bissett’s fast to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank from last Wednesday until his party’s annual Jefferson Day Dinner … Continue reading

Where Is the McHenry County Democratic Party Best Organized?

Earlier this month, the percentages of precincts for which people filed for Republican Precinct Committeeman was published. Republicans, you may remember filled 49% of McHenry County’s 212 precincts, while Democrats had candidates in 19%. Today we look at how the … Continue reading

DuPage County Board Salary Freeze Puts Pressure on McHenry County Board

There’s a movement on the McHenry County Board to freeze their own, plus countywide officials’ salaries. And a counter-movement to raise the salaries of the McHenry County Clerk, Treasurer and Sheriff. There’s politics involved, of course, Those voting for such … Continue reading

Ancel Glink’s March Bill to Grafton Township – Part 9

We have been looking at the details in the Ancel Glink invoice to Grafton Township for the month of March, 2010. So far, we have finished what Ancel Glink calls the “Corporate” and “Linda Moore v. Grafton Township” portions of … Continue reading